Holley, Mary Austin, 1784-1846

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Mary Phelps Austin Holley was a poet, travel author and land speculator. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 30, 1784. She received her education at nearby schools. In 1805, she married Horace Holley who later served as president of Transylvania University from 1818 to 1827. Harriete Williman Holley, the daughter of Mary Holley, was born in 1808. During the time the letter was written, Mary was recovering from a severe case of yellow fever which had caused the death of her husband in July of 1827. After her recovery, she traveled to New Orleans and the Mexican territory of Texas. She wrote and published Texas: Observations Historical, Geographical and Descriptive describing her travels throughout Texas. Mary Holley died in New Orleans of yellow fever on August 2, 1846. Her daughter Harriete married William M. Brand, a prominent merchant from Lexington, Kentucky in 1825.

From the description of Mary Austin Holley letter, 1828. (Murray State University). WorldCat record id: 666502650

Mary Austin Holley (1784-1846) was a teacher and the cousin of Stephen F. Austin. Born and raised in Connecticut, she lived in Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. She is credited with writing the first history of Texas in English. She aroused sympathy for Texas during the Texas Revolution and worked for Texas annexation. She died of yellow fever in 1846.

From the guide to the Mary Austin Holley Papers 38850340 ., 1784-1846, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Mary Austin Holley (1784-1846) was a teacher and the cousin of Stephen F. Austin.

Born and raised in Connecticut, she lived in Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. She is credited with writing the first history of Texas in English. She aroused sympathy for Texas during the Texas revolution and worked for Texas annexation. She died of Yellow Fever in 1846.

From the description of Holley, Mary Austin, papers, 1784-1846. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 38850340

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referencedIn Bryan, James P. (James Perry). Bryan, James Perry, papers, 1819-1903, 1932, 1956-1965 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Streeter, Thomas W(Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965,. Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Holley, Mary Austin, 1784-1846. Mary Austin Holley letter, 1828. Murray State University, Waterfield Library
referencedIn Bryan, James Perry, papers 1965; 66-043; 66-083; 67-030; 1970; 74-053., 1819-1903, 1932, 1956-1965 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
creatorOf Holley, Mary Austin, 1784-1846. Holley, Mary Austin, papers, 1784-1846. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn David Gouverneur Papers 2009-265. 20659823., October 2009 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Hill, Caryl Clyde. Hill, Caryl Clyde Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Hill, Caryl Clyde Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Tod, John Grant Papers 1931; 1947; 1950; 66-180., 1833-1872 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Mary Austin Holley. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn Frontier women III microfilm set, [1823?]-1894, [microform]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Edwin A. Bonewitz Collection MSS. 0025., 1830's-1960's Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
creatorOf Mary Austin Holley Papers 38850340 ., 1784-1846 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
creatorOf Holley, Horace, 1781-1827. Papers, 1791-1883, bulk 1818-1830. Transylvania University, J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library
referencedIn Biography -- Holley, Mary Austin. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Burnet, David Gouverneur, 1789-1870. Burnet, David Gouverneur, papers, 1798-1965. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Mary Austin Holley Papers 38850340 ., 1784-1846 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Transylvania University. Board of Trustees. Holley collections, 1797-1890 (bulk 1818-1832). Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
referencedIn Frontier women III microfilm set, [1823?]-1894, [microform]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Tod, John Grant. Tod, John Grant Papers, 1833-1872 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Austin, Henry, 1782-1852. Austin, Henry, papers, 1794-1853. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
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associatedWith Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836 person
associatedWith Bonewitz, Edwin A. person
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associatedWith Brand, Harriete Holley, 1808- person
associatedWith Bryan, James P. (James Perry). person
associatedWith Burnet, David Gouverneur, 1788-1870 person
associatedWith Hill, Caryl Clyde person
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associatedWith Holley, Horace, 1781-1827. person
associatedWith Holley, Mary Austin, 1784-1846 person
associatedWith Streeter, Thomas W(Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965, person
associatedWith Tod, John Grant person
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